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Hike to the pastures of Cravegna at Cistella's slopes

Among the pastures and the partisan history

Val D'Ossola - Valle Antigorio

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length icon Length:
10 Km
time icon Our time:
4h00' walking
climb icon Total climb:
660 mt
height icon Min and max height:
910 mt - 1360 mt
track ring icon Type of track:
ring track
surface icon Surface:
panorama icon Panorama:
mountains - pastures
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The itinerary among the characteristic pastures by the Cistella’s slopes starts from Cravegna, a small hamlet of Crodo, in Valle Antigorio. The toponym “Cravegna” derives from a name once used to define the group of all of the hamlets in the territory between the creeks Alfenza and Ghendola.

In Cravegna, just as in many towns of Ossola, the increase of the population around the year 1500 was not sustainable by the resources that could be produced, so some of its inhabitants migrated towards the big cities like Rome. This is where the family Nocetti-Facchinetti established, and later gave birth to the future pope Innocenzo IX.

Cravegna was also touched by the Second World War: in the hotel Albergo Alpino in Cravegna the German soldiers of the Gestapo captured Mike Bongiorno. The latter, in 1944, was a partisan dispatch rider between the squads of the Italian resistance movement and the Allied, and after being captured he was taken to the prison of San Vittore and later deported to Germany where he was set free just before the end of the conflict.

The itinerary winds up among the pastures of Aulusc, Longio, Vorna, Garina, Pau, Alpe L’Oro, Booch, Compolo, reaching the oratory of Madonna di Salera from where the trail leading to Sasso di Gravellona (Gravellona's stone) can be taken. The path proceeds downwards along the Via Crucis and Alpe Scarpiola.

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